New York adopts fracking moratorium

ALBANY – State legislature in neighboring New York approves temporary moratorium, sends it to governor

The New York State Assembly Monday night approved a resolution calling for a moratorium on hydrofracking in New York.  The Senate had already approved the measure.

The bill, if signed into law by the governor, would place a hold on hydrofracking for natural gas or oil until May 15, 2011.

The legislation is intended to give the EPA and state DEC time to fully review hydrofracking.

“As a state, we must not rush into this process and should instead allow prudence and science to determine the fate of hydrofracking in New York,” said Assemblyman Robert Castelli of Goldens Bridge.

Hydrofracking is a process of forcing liquid under intense pressure into underground rock like the Marcellus Shale formation to mine natural gas. Opponents say the process risk contamination of water supplies and in particular, the vast New York City watershed in the Catskills.